Is it permitted to trim a mustache during sefira if it is not bothering the person in any way with regards to eating but is bothering him in other ways?

  • Why would you think he can or can't? What ways can it bother him besides eating? Please edit your question to clarify.
    – Double AA
    Apr 30, 2015 at 17:27
  • I always had this question. In the Gemara when talking about the issur of shaving almost the Gemara says is that trimming of the mustache is permitted. All of a sudden the poskim qualify it that it's only permitted when it disrupts eating. Apr 30, 2015 at 18:50
  • Are you Sephardic or Ashkenazic? The halakhot can be different in this regard
    – Aaron
    Jan 26, 2016 at 0:11
  • I would really love an answer to this question Apr 17, 2018 at 17:58

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See this article which seems to be a comprehensive summary (I know that's an oxymoron, but you can read the article, anyway ;-). In it, you'll find many cross-refs.

The only permissions to shave are if it interferes with eating, as you mentioned, health reasons, and certain simchot where you are a "direct participant" e.g. your son is having a brit, you're a chatan, etc. You can't trim your mustache if your shidduch "date" will find your mustache ugly. (IMO, if that's a criterion for the date to break a shidduch, consider yourself lucky.) There is no mention regarding other "bothersome" permissibility.

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